“Actual air temperatures are not really below freezing.”
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — With unusual snowfall in April, people might wonder if their gardens are safe from snow.
KOIN 6 News spoke to Al’s Garden and Home, which has locations in Sherwood, Gresham, Wilsonville and Woodburn. Garden center experts say your plants should withstand recent snow, but people should be careful with tender plants.
“The actual air temperatures are not really below zero,” said Jonathan Faith, the store manager of Al’s Garden and Home in Gresham. “You don’t see this ice under the snow. So you just get a bit of frozen water and the vast majority of plants can handle that.
He added: “If people have been putting tender stuff in, having mulch around the base of the plants to protect the root system is the most important thing, and we advise that when we are selling stuff that might have issues by cold weather .”
Considering that this spring has been colder, the garden center refrained from selling tender plants, such as tomato and pepper starters.
What about tulips and daffodils?
Faith said these bulbs should do the trick in recent snow. For those who have purchased blooming tulips, he recommends adding mulch.
If you are in an area with below freezing temperatures, the garden center has advised you to cover your plants with a protectant.